Quilt Number 2!
When I first received yardage of BIRDS & THE BEES, the Bluejay colour story quickly inspired this quilt.
While I almost always have ideas of what I would like to sew while I am designing fabric, it usually takes having the finished yardage in hand for me to really be able to envision how I would like to use it. For this quilt, it was the intensity of the indigo alongside the jewel tones and soft white grounds that dictated direction. I simply wanted to play with colour in a dramatic way. I incorporated squares of Cotton Couture solids, some complementary, some contrasting, to break up all the pattern a bit and arranged everything in a strong “V” down the centre for impact. Even the simple quilting lines follow the “V” throughout, as does one’s eye, that then darts around catching little glimpses of a butterfly or flower here, a bird’s head or feather there…
For the binding I chose Baby the Stars Shine Bright in Navy which frames the quilt well, with little bright stars adding a happy, confetti-like feel.
There is a free downloadable tutorial on the Michael Miller website for this quilt, should you desire to whip one up yourself. Enjoy!
Something I’ve been meaning to share here are two quilts I recently made with Birds & the Bees fabric. Today, number one… FLIGHT MEDALLION
I didn’t want fabric choices to be perfectly symmetrically placed around the quilt, so it was fun playing with the different values of the coral and teal fabrics to create an effective arrangement. Likewise, the pops of charcoal, green and apricot help keep the quilt dynamic.
A big step for me in my quilting efforts was to finally try a bit of free-motion quilting (most apparent on the dark teal fabric with the stars, Baby The Stars Shine Bright). It went surprisingly well, though of course, most of the praise must go to the fabulous Janome machine I sew on for making it go as smoothly as it did.
At 48″ square, this is a fun wall quilt that will brighten a spot in our home, keeping things light, young and happy.
If you are interested in making one for yourself, I have created a free downloadable tutorial for this project on the Michael Miller website. It’s a fast and fun sew, as all the pieces are quite large. Enjoy!
As a final stop on the BIRDS & THE BEES blog-hop, today is all about pretty and feminine.
Sarah of EmmyLouBeeDoo is a talented sewing pattern designer (remember when I used one of her sweet patterns to make this Origami Oasis tunic?). Today, though she is highlighting her creative sewing skills over on her blog, where she has created a Blue ridge dress for her daughter, using fabrics from Birds & the Bees (her daughter, by the way, picked these fabrics from the collection & I think she did a great job!).
I really love the gentle sloping line to the empire waist on this dress, and the bias tape finishes it off beautifully.
Pop on over to Sarah’s blog to see more details and pictures of this little cutie in her new dress.
Thanks for rounding out the Birds & the Bees blog-hop in such a pretty fashion, Sarah!
Sherri of Thread Riding Hood has made not one, not two or three, but FOUR cute fat-quarter-friendly skirts with Birds & the Bees. And what’s more, she has written a tutorial for how to attach shorts to the inside (for all our cartwheeling hand-stand performing girls).
Mix & match your favourite prints & enjoy the Summer! Hop on over here for all the details.
Really adorable, Sherri! Thanks so much for your fun & generous contribution to the Birds & the Bees blog-hop!
Rachel of Stitched Together whipped up a sweet pair of City Gym Shorts for her daughter, Iris using Love Bug from Birds & the Bees. A little Cotton Couture in Charcoal for the bias trim finishes them off perfectly.
The ladybugs are the hidden surprise in this fabric.
Hop on over here for a closer look. I so love these, I think I’m going to go sew a pair for Em this afternoon. Thanks for the cute inspiration, Rachel!
Yet another fun dress made with Birds & the Bees Fabrics today.
Head on over to her blog for loads of great puddle-jumping pictures.
Thanks for this fun contribution, Hayley. I really love it!
Lovely, precisely pieced chevron work on the bodice brings another dimension to this dress, making it totally original and she just happened to use my very favourite print of the collection, All the Wee Beasts, for the skirt.
Have a closer look at the details and more pictures of gorgeous Emma on Patty’s blog.
Thanks for your creative contribution, Patty. You’ve inspired me to go play with fabric this morning.
Heidi of Elegance & Elephants is a favourite indie children’s clothing designer of mine. She makes the sweetest clothes and her adorable kids model them for her blog.
Today she is sharing her latest creations, made with a few other designers’ patterns and BIRDS & THE BEES fabric.
Swing by her blog for lots of gorgeous pictures of these 2 cuties modelling their new duds.
Thanks so much Heidi. Beautiful work!
To help kick off the release of Birds & The Bees to stores, today I am guest blogging over at Michael Miller Fabrics.
I walk you through my thought process in the designing of Birds & The Bees,
I share some sewing project inspiration
including two new free quilt patterns,
and announce a fabric giveaway amounting to about 15 yards of fabric in total! Yep, FIFTEEN!!!
So come take a look and try your luck. Two somebodies have to win… wouldn’t it be great if you were one!
Just in time for warm weather & warm weather apparel comes BIRDS & THE BEES, my latest fabric collection with Michael Miller Fabrics!
Birds & The Bees is a little exploration into my love for winged creatures (they tend to make an appearance in the grand majority of my design work).
Where many see pesky bugs, I see pure magic. From large ostentatious birds perpetually seeking the spotlight, to the tiniest, delicately patterned bugs fluttering around a flower garden, I am constantly amazed by them all. The heights to which they can soar, their occasional, seemingly unplanned, comical flight paths, the patterning on their plumage… They are the thing of dreams.
There is a coral, teal & charcoal colour story, called Ladybug…
And a berry, lilac and indigo story called Bluejay…
Bolts and bolts of pretty colour, fanciful creatures and fun patterns, all on a lovely quilting-weight cotton.
Here is a closer look at a few patterns:
I hope you will find some magic of your own in creating a little something special with these fabrics for some young person in your life, or for someone young at heart… Perhaps even for yourself (I know you are a young-at-heart group. I just know it)!
Some talented sewers and I will have a slew of projects to share as inspiration over the coming weeks, so stay tuned here and I will point you in the right direction.
Here’s a little tease to get the juices flowing:
Feather Flock Infant Sunsuit based on this tutorial